NCAA hoops odds preview - CS Northridge vs. UCLA
CS Northridge Matadors vs UCLA Bruins Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting CS Northridge Matadors travelling to UCLA Wednesday to take on the Bruins.
The Bruins sport records of 4-2 and 2-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Matadors have 6-1 and 7-0 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-1 for the Bruins and 1-0 for the Matadors.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bruins rated this week at No. 98 and the Matadors sitting at No. 297. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 83-81 result in favor of the Bruins.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UCLA's No. 49-ranked scoring average of 77.3 PPG, against a Matadors defense rated No. 287 and allowing 72.9 PPG. The Bruins FG% has averaged 45.4% to date this season, more than the Matadors shooters have managed so far (43.8% per game).
Defensively, CS Northridge features the nation's No. 273-rated defense on the road, allowing 78 points per game. UCLA, meanwhile, comes in at No. 100 nationally in scoring at home.
CS Northridge lost its last outing, an 87-75 result against BYU on November 24. They covered in that game as a 15.5-point underdog. The Matadors wasted a 25-point performance from Stephan Hicks in losing to BYU 87-75 on Saturday at Marriott Center.
In their last action, UCLA was a 70-68 loser at home against Cal Poly. They failed to cover the 19-point spread as favorites. Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Bruins to a win (they lost 70-68 to Cal Poly at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday).
CS Northridge Matadors Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Vanguard are 0-3
After playing BYU are 0-3
After a loss are 2-8
UCLA Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
After playing Cal Poly are 1-0
After a loss are 8-2
A few Matadors at Bruins trends to consider:
CS Northridge is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
CS Northridge is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against UCLA
UCLA is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing CS Northridge
UCLA is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against CS Northridge
UCLA is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
CS Northridge home to Vanguard, Wednesday, December 5
UCLA home to San Diego State, Saturday, December 1